By sending cutting-edge technology to China, would automakers and suppliers sow the seeds of their own decline as global players?
Apparently many executives around the world think so -- and the Chinese aren't happy about it.
Chinese auto executives are disappointed by the r&d and product development at Chinese joint ventures, according to a study by IBM Corp. and the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute.
"Joint-venture partners are concerned their Chinese partners will use any knowledge they transfer to compete with in the future, so they are being cautious," the study's authors say in a press release. "Thus, the skills and experience in manufacturing, design, testing and distribution haven't developed as fast as Chinese officials expected."
The Chinese execs want to become global competitors but fear it will take a while: Most survey respondents predicted it will take 20 years for Chinese manufacturers and suppliers "to close the product and process gaps with their world-class counterparts."